Volunteering

Header photo by Jamie Gould

Current volunteer openings

If you are interested in any of the following opportunities or want to know more about volunteering in general please get in touch with Nick by completing the form below and emailing it to: volunteers@frp.org.uk

FRP Volunteer application form v1.4a

Under 18s use this Volunteer Application form:

FRP Under 18 application form

To volunteer you must be a member of Friends of Richmond Park. If you don't already have a membership you can join online here:

Membership Application

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Photo by Sue Lindenberg

Volunteering to help in one of our activities is a wonderful way to contribute to the Park

1. Conservation Group

Conservation work is normally done on Saturday mornings from September to March. Volunteers plant trees, clear rhododendron and do general tidy up. It is physical work and volunteers should have a reasonable level of fitness.

Tools and training in their use will be provided.

2. Adopt an Area

Adopt an Area is a tidy-up scheme in which volunteers select an area of Richmond Park and help to keep it free from litter. Read more here

Currently most areas have been adopted. However, we also have 'roaming' litter pickers who may work across areas. If you would like to 'adopt an area' or become a roaming litter picker email litter@frp.org.uk.

3. Monitoring sports and charity events in the Park

Numerous events take place in Richmond Park, mostly small to medium in scale - but some are very large. We occasionally monitors events, and general activity on peak days, to establish a clear factual record of what occurred.

If you would like to join the monitoring team, and help observe and record what occurs on such days, please contact volunteers@frp.org.uk.

4. Leading Walks

Walks are an important part of the Friends’ public work and we would welcome more walk leaders. You do not need to be an expert in wildlife, conservation or history; training and sources are available. Qualities required for leading walks include:

  • Ability to lead a walk for up to two hours (about 3 miles), but one hour walks are an option.
  • Confident in talking to people about the history of the Park, and/or the features of the Park, and/or nature subjects in the Park.
  • Notes and sources of this information is available from the current lead ers and publications.
  • No minimum number of walks per year, but three or more would be ideal.
  • "Understudying" one of the leaders on one of the monthly walks, to see if it appeals, is recommended.

5. Discoverers

We run a nature-related activity programme for young families, with 5-6 events a year and a team of 8 volunteers. We are thinking about setting up a Discoverers Facebook page to update participants and let them connect with each other. If you have relevant skills to help set up and manage this page, please get in touch.

Contact discoverers@frp.org.uk

Please note that for insurance reasons you have to be or become a member of the Friends to work as a volunteer. Individual membership is £10 per year or family membership £15 per year.

Membership Application

FRP Volunteer application form v1.4a